Prodigious Acknowledgment…………#149 (the 70’s)

Scott In Roosevelt Band Regalia

Gary having kept abreast of his son, daughter and their school activities living such a short distance apart.  It wasn’t unusual for their mother to call when encountering a problem with the house,  Kaye calling about the roof leaking on the bedroom addition, Gary surmising and resolving the problem applying new sealant to the ten-year old flashing.  It wasn’t surprising as life is full of surprises, Kaye’s father Kermit , who thru the years had never acknowledged to his daughter that he existed until Helen, Kayes mother, arranged eleven years earlier for the Gary and Kaye to introduce themselves when in  California.   Gary discovering Kermit Van Leuven’s wife of 47 years, Violet,  had passed away in Los Angeles in March of the previous year, Kermit coming to a decision to renew acquaintances with Kaye’s mother in Oklahoma City.  It wasn’t long before nuptials were proclaimed and Helen Perie and Kermit Van Leuven were united 39 years after the birth of their daughter, Gary privileged to attend the Oklahoma City courthouse ceremony.

Major dance studios recitals at the Municipal Auditorium

 On occasion Gary was called upon to provide transportation for his daughter Marlo to her dance class in the northwest part of town when her mother was unavailable.  He was very much aware of an upcoming event and that the dance studio students would be performing a dress rehearsal and recital at the Municipal Auditorium.  The much awaited recital date having arrived,  Gary’s and Jan joining the many friends and relatives of the participants in attendance. When the curtain was drawn for the opening act the  background adorning the stage was simplistic but commanding as was the background for each class.  The music addressing their choreographic was most impressive, the musician expecting a continuous flow of Swan Lake or similar classic instances, but was delightfully surprised at the inventiveness of the dance instructors selections.  The theme music chosen was very inventive and the audience as well as Gary was literally knocked over when a dance routine was presented to the theme from the television series  The Rockford Files.  Gary,  noticing his ex-wife seated up front, stage right, deciding  not to acquaint the viability of  his presence,  but savoring this visual event and his daughters capacious performance.

All juniors and seniors save a lone trombone player

The evening was about to be enhanced, Gary and Jan  entering the auditorium at U.S. Grant High School,  S.W.50th and S. Pennsylvania Ave,  the couple attending a presentation of the high school show-band.   The encountered group of student musicians were the corps d’elite of the high school band class,  the assembly presenting a program of songs featuring the big band sound from an earlier era.   The meritorious conclave of musicians that made up the Show-Band were all junior and seniors but an exception having been made, discovering a lone sophomore,  a procurer of the trombone,  Scott Willson, Gary’s eldest son.  Seemingly it was apparent that Scott was an inheritor of music ability,  but that could be questionable, the Father apprehensive of his son’s ability was one prodigious acknowledgement and  recognition,  but within he held an abjuration and hope that his son would not proceed in a like profession.    The Show band’s performance was provoking,  the talent on stage instilling an aura of a bygone time, the youthfulness of the musicians giving hope to those in the audience for a better generation of application, and a proud father witnessing a talented son.

Once a paperboy always a paperboy

It had been twenty year since he initiated this, telling himself the paper route wouldn’t be arduous. Gary having volunteered for this short termed endeavor, his responsibility for a three day weekend,  substituting for his son Scott on his morning paper route.  He found himself reminiscing his junior high years delivering for the Oakland Tribune,  his route being in the afternoon,  an aberration from this circumstance.  Scott giving him a list of customer addresses and paper placement instructions to adhered to but soon found difficulty in reading the customer’s home address in cimmerian shade of darkness of the early morning hour.  Scott’s route enduring SW 45th to 47th St between So.Agnew and So. Youngs, a scant distance from the youth’s  home,  Jan offering to be a willing assistant but after an initial experience Gary deciding it would be best go it alone.  Scott  returning to his appointed  paper dispensing  task,  the father gratefully alleviated from this capacity,  a willing subject but in the future he might have second thoughts, recalling the words of his Oakland Tribune’s District Manager, Scotty, “Paper delivery is not about service, it’s about customer satisfaction”, the same can be said about music.

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